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Blythe OKs California casino deal...
June 4, 2005

Negotiations with Schwarzenegger's office next; studies show Blythe site has less cultural, environmental impact...

On May 10th, the Blythe City Council approved a Municipal Services Agreement (MSA) with CRIT on a new gaming facility in the California community.

The MSA outlines the terms under which the construction of a new casino in Blythe could take place. However, it is not the final step in the process.

The location being considered is a Blythe-owned parcel just off of Intake Boulevard and I-10.

Tribal officials said Blythe residents and leaders have been good to work with, and appreciate their ongoing support and consideration.

"We are grateful to the City of Blythe for approving the Municipal Services Agreement and allowing the process to move forward," said Tribal Chairman Daniel Eddy, Jr. "We have a lot of work left to do, and we plan on conducing all due diligence to make sure this is the right decision."

"This new project could be a significant source of new revenue for our people to assist with elder services, social programs, education and other needs. We have enjoyed our working relationship with the people of Blythe."

A study conducted by Ernst & Young last year found that a Blythe casino could generate new resources for CRIT and create jobs for CRIT members and Blythe residents. Many of Blythe's business and civic leaders have stepped up to support the project and its location.

A key next step will be negotiations with the State of California regarding a gaming compact. A second location on CRIT lands near Blythe will continue to be evaluated, although studies show the site within Blythe would have far fewer cultural and environmental impacts. CRIT officials have held preliminary meetings with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's staff about a gaming compact, and have also met with members of the California State Legislature.

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